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Once you have received an offer of admission, you may find it helpful to refer to this overview of next steps to take you from the point of admission to enrollment.

For more detailed information, log into MySVA, the School of Visual Art's online portal, using the user name and temporary password listed on your acceptance letter. From the Admissions tab on MySVA, you can view a list of next steps, download important documents and forms and access your SVA email account.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Submit a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $1,000 to Graduate Admissions by the reply date noted on your acceptance letter. Enrollment fees will be processed as space remains available in your chosen department. Graduate Admissions will confirm receipt of submitted enrollment fees via e-mail.

Deferred Admission and Reapplication
Admission cannot ordinarily be deferred to another academic year.

Extension Limitation
Students who matriculate in one of the College's graduate degree programs must complete their coursework within four years, unless given an official extension by the Coordinator of Academic Advisement.

Billing Information

Summer Entry, MFA Art Practice and MFA Visual Narrative:
Payment of tuition for these programs is due May 1st.

Fall Entry:
Beginning in June, all registered students will receive a bill for tuition and fees. Payment of this bill is due August 1st.

To discuss payment plan options, please contact Student Accounts at 212.592.2415 or studentaccounts@sva.edu

Current Undergraduate Students

Students who will be completing undergraduate studies during the 2015-16 academic year must confirm their degree by having an official, final transcript forwarded to Graduate Admissions prior to the start of classes.

Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, making sure to list SVA's Title IV code - 007468 - on the form. Once your FAFSA result is on file at SVA, you will receive a notification within 2 to 3 weeks to view your award letter on WebAdvisor accessible from MySVA. FAFSA forms can be submitted online at fafsa.ed.gov

Financial Aid can be contacted at 212.592.2030 or fa@sva.edu

Please note that only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for need-based financial aid.


Submit an $800 housing deposit ($300 nonrefundable placement fee and $500 security deposit) along with your enrollment fee to Graduate Admissions.

Residence Life will email instructions for completing the online housing application to your SVA email address accessible via MySVA. Housing assignments will be emailed starting April 2016. An additional e-mail will be sent with roommate and check-in information by June 2016.

If you have questions, please email Residence Life at reslife@sva.edu

International Applicants

Because of the time needed to issue and process the I-20 paperwork required for your student visa, we recommend you submit the enrollment fee by the reply date noted on your acceptance letter. Please note that your I-20 will not be issued until all financial documentation [Confidential Declaration and Certification of Finances (DOF) and Verification of Finances letter (VOF)] has been submitted and deemed sufficient; online submission of these documents is available through the online application. The DOF and VOF must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at SVA in order to receive I-20 paperwork.

The International Student Office can be contacted at 212.592.2236 or iso@sva.edu


Fall 2016 orientation events will take place from August 28 - September 2, 2016. Please check back closer to the start of the semester for a full schedule and more details.


Once you have submitted the nonrefundable enrollment fee and secured a place in your program, you will be mailed a registration packet which includes details on how to register. You may download and view the Registration Book via the download module on the right side of this page.

The SVA Student Health form must be completed and approved by Student Health and Counseling Services before you will be allowed to register for classes. This office can be contacted at 212.592.2246 or at health@sva.edu

After the tuition billing deadline of August 1st, you must contact Student Accounts to receive financial clearance before you will be able to register.



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